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Key dates over September 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 3

6th September 1915 - Suicide victim worried by the War

Rolling casualty count: 2259

2nd Battalion billets Le Preol. 1/8th Batt: a patrol of 6 men under 2/Lt Mylne attacked a party of 4 Germans proceeding to a listening post rather close to our line, killing one man. He was subsequently retrieved by another patrol which went out for that purpose. He belonged to the 66th (German) Regiment 52nd Reserve Division.

OLD MAN'S SUICIDE AT ASTLEY - worried by the war. The District Coroner Mr G F S Brown conducted an inquest at the Woodend Farm on Friday on the body of Robert Footman aged 71, a shoemaker at the farm whose body was taken out of the Lodge Pool on the previous day. The evidence of the widow was to the effect that the old man had been in poor health lately and that he was much worried about the war. Evidence had been given showing that the man was seen walking in the direction of Worcester at 6am on Tuesday morning and P.C. Wasley said that he recovered the body. He first searched Sharpley Pool without success and next searched Lodge Pools where he found it. In the pocket was a note on which was written "" R Footman in the pool: O, the worry"". The Jury returned a verdict of ""Suicide during temporary insanity"".

Information researched by Melanie Ballam and the WWW100 team